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Past Accomplishments

             A partial list of past accomplishments*

                 1992- 2017

  • 1992 – Present:            Collection, shipment and distribution of more than 100,000 MT (metric tons) of donated food, clothing and medicines to needy communities in the FSU, including more than 100,000 MT (metric tons) of donated U.S. surplus foods provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. GJARN was the largest U.S. Private Voluntary Organization (P.V.O.) recipient of  USDA grants in Russia and Ukraine feeding more than 2,500,000 annually, amongst them more than 350,000 Jewish elderly and needy. Collective value of  distributions in excess of $140M.
  • 1992 – 1996:                 Highly successful sub-grants from USAID – United States Agency for International Development in teaching management skills, Democracy, Civil Society, Rule of Law and other  programs to more than 350 local NGO’s. From 69 grants provided by one of these umbrella grants, GJARN was rated amongst the top three most successful programs.
  • 1993 - 2001:                 Instrumental in obtaining the return of numerous buildings for local Jewish communities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, to be used as community centers, Synagogues, orphanages, schools, etc.
  • 1993 – 2010:                Opened soup kitchens, free pharmacies and community centers in numerous cities of the FSU, including; Berdichev, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kiev, Moscow, Riga, S. Petersburg and Samara and Mariupol
  • 1995:                            Establishment of the first NGO Service Center in Ukraine providing services to more than 150 local NGO’s.
  • December 2001 -         Established the first Assisted Living facility for more than 100 Jewish elderly residents. The center currently has 58 residents. Plans to open another Home for the Elderly of Russia in 2006.
  • 2001:                            Establishment of Bank Mazon – Israel’s first national food bank bringing local surplus and donations to worthwhile organizations with direct distribution programs for Israel’s neediest         families. Collected close to $10,000,000 of local food donations to date.
  • October 2004 –           Opened the first departments of the American Jewish Medical Center (AJMC) in Ukraine, a 60,000 sq. foot, outpatient medical facility with specialty departments in family medicine,           pediatrics, dentistry, optometry, ophthalmology, OB/GYN, two fully equipped surgical suites, medical and dental labs, and more. Sold center to local medical group in 2008 as operating                                           costs were prohotive and our very existence was in danger.
  • 2004:                           In conjunction with LaSova and Meir Panim, established the project, “A Full Plate”, allowing donors to directly sponsor needy Israeli families with personalized debit cards so that they can be helped in a respectful and most dignified manner.

 *To read more about each project and others not listed in the main past accomplishments above, please click on individual pages below.

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